The Education Network for Waltham Forest
Supported by Waltham Forest

Support for pupils with SEMH Needs

Guidance for Schools & Colleges

'Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs' (SEMH) is an overarching term for children and young people who have difficulties in one or more of the following:

  • managing their emotions
  • social interaction
  • mental health

These difficulties may lead to children becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as displaying challenging behaviour.